All that happy talk about Phil Mickelson becoming part owner of his hometown San Diego Padres was just that -- talk.
Mickelson will not be involved with the group that bought the Padres in August, his spokesman, T.R. Reinman, told The Associated Press on Tuesday night.
Reinman said the professional golfer told friends of his decision before a meeting at Torrey Pines Golf Course to discuss renovation of the North Course.
Mickelson feels the O'Malley and Seidler families, which bought the Padres along with local businessman Ron Fowler, have the depth of commitment the city needs. Reinman said Mickelson feels he can't match that level of commitment, at this point.
"While we have had productive and enjoyable discussions with Phil, I respect his decision and appreciate his sincere approach," Peter Seidler said in an email to the AP on Wednesday. "We share a passion for San Diego, a commitment to the community, and I look forward to a long friendship."
Mickelson had spoken excitedly about the possibility of joining the ownership group.
On Oct. 15, after taking a charity wedge shot at halftime of the Denver-San Diego NFL game at Qualcomm Stadium, he said: "It looks pretty promising and hopefully here in the next few days we'll have something to announce. I think we're getting it worked out."
On the day the Seidler-O'Malley group announced the $800 million sale had closed, Peter Seidler said there was one spot left in the ownership group and it was being held for Mickelson.
Defending champion Kyle Stanley and 2011 winner Mark Wilson also are entered in the Jan. 31-Feb. 3 event.
Mickelson, a former Arizona State star, will open his season Jan. 17-20 in the Humana Challenge in La Quinta.
McIlroy received 190 of the 194 votes cast by GWAA members. Three votes went to FedEx Cup champion Brandt Snedeker, and the other went to Tiger Woods.
McIlroy previously won player of the year awards from the PGA Tour, European Tour, PGA of America and British-based Association of Golf Writers.
The GWAA said Stacy Lewis was voted best female player with 79 percent of the vote, while double major winner Roger Chapman won the senior player award with 60 percent of the vote. This is the fourth time in the past five years that the GWAA award has gone to a European player.
Montgomerie and Ken Schofield, head of the European Tour for nearly 30 years, were announced as the latest inductees. They fill out the 2013 class that includes Willie Park Jr., Fred Couples and Ken Venturi.
Montgomerie led the European Tour money list a record eight times. He received 51 percent of the vote on the international ballot.
That makes two inductees in this class -- Couples was the other -- who got in through a special provision. If no one gets the minimum 65 percent, the player with the most votes gets elected as long as it's more than 50 percent.
The induction ceremony will be May 6 in St. Augustine, Fla.